2007.05.07 > For Immediate Release
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Susan Maher Wins Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women’s Studies
Omaha - The 2007 University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women’s Studies has been awarded to Susan Maher, a UNO professor of English who nominators cited for “infectious enthusiasm, good sense, deep compassion and enduring feminism.” Maher received the award April 27 at the annual Women’s Studies Program luncheon.
The award recognizes extraordinary service to the UNO program in Women’s Studies, and can involve teaching, research/creative activity or service. Maher was recognized in all three areas.
She often teaches courses focused on female authors – from Jane Austen to Willa Cather to current writers – and encourages her students to submit papers to major conferences. Of her students, another nominator noted, nine have continued into Ph.D. programs and countless others have attended scholarly meetings such as the Western Literature Association, the Cather Spring Festival, the Midwest Modern Language Association and the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment.
As a scholar, the scope of her work includes conferences around the nation, a book chapter for Jane Austen and Mary Shelley and Their Sisters (2002), and published articles ranging from Chicana writer Sandra Cisneros to children’s author Laura Ingalls to a variety of writers of the American West. She currently is working on a book-length study of Great Plains nonfiction writers titled Deep Maps: The Literary Cartography of the Great Plains.
Maher’s service has included being on the UNO Women’s Studies Committee for 10 years, chairing the “One Book/One State” initiative and serving on the Board of Governors of the Cather Foundation. She became the first woman to chair the UNO English Department in 2005.
“If you offered Susan an ivory tower, she would haul it out to the prairie, open the doors, and invite everyone to climb to the top and gaze out across the landscape with her,” a nominator wrote. “And, in sharing her vision, we would become a community.”
Susan Maher came to UNO in 1990. She earned her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985. For more information, call (402) 554-3502.
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